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15th June 2012 13:52

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Taylor Paris

Rising star: Taylor Paris

Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of 19-year-old Canadian international wing Taylor Paris on a one-year deal.

The news comes in the same week that fellow Canada internationals Tyler Hotson and Phil MacKenzie inked deals with English Championship sides London Scottish and London Welsh respectively.

Paris is the youngest ever player to win a full cap for Canada, having made his debut at 18.

In his second Test appearance, against Spain, the speedster underlined his ability with a brace of tries and was part of the Canada squad at the World Cup last year.

For the past two years, Paris has been a mainstay of the Canada Sevens. He is also the youngest player ever to represent the country in the abbreviated form of the game, having first taken the field aged just 17.

A recent foot injury prevented him from challenging for selection in the Canucks' June Tests against USA, Georgia and Italy, but he has recovered to be named Canada U20 captain for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy which takes place in Salt Lake City from June 18-30.

"Taylor Paris has all the raw materials to become an influential player for Glasgow Warriors, and I'm really pleased we've been able to secure his signature," said Warriors coach Gregor Townsend.

"All the coaches are really excited about his potential - the fact he's the youngest player ever to play international rugby for Canada at both 15s and 7s speaks volumes for his natural talent," he said.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old centre/wing MacKenzie joins Championship winners London Welsh from Esher.

MacKenzie has won 13 caps for Canada and started all four of their World Cup pool matches last year in New Zealand, scoring a late winner against Tonga as well as in the win over Japan.

MacKenzie joins Welsh after a superb season at Esher which saw pick up the Players' and Supporters Player of the Year awards, having finished the season with 12 Championship tries.

27-year-old forward Hotson joins London Scottish after several years with Plymouth Albion and has also played for Northern Suburbs in Australia. Hotson has 24 internationals caps to his name.